Culinary Practices in Shared Kitchens
Collaborative Ethnobotanical Film Project
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This project is collaborative in essence and will depend on two types of participants
in addition to my own work coördinating it.
- Collaborators: Participant-Filmmakers
The core of this project will be a workgroup of collaborating scholars interested in
acquiring filmmaking skills and applying them to academic research. The inital group of
people who have expressed interest are students of ethnobotany, but this project has been
designed to interest
a range of researchers, and may be reshaped as the workgroup forms.
Collaborators will take part at every level of the project, organizing interviews and
producing the material. Individuals may take responsibility for organizing particular food events,
effectively becoming the "producers" of those segments of film. During film events a
number of collaborators will work together to gather material.
- Consultants: Culinary Practioners
We will also look for other EWC residents who would like to share their culinary practices
with us, as subjects of interviews. While many of the collaborators may also do this,
consultants need not commit to the full project to participate — but are encouraged to
take part in as much of the process as they would like to, including the editing and
analysis of their interviews.
- Coordinator: Principal Investigator and Facilitator:
This project is being organized and
facilitated by David Strauch.
As the coordinator of the project, I bring past experience as a political
activist to the task of facilitating the group project. Now returning to
school to finish a BA in Anthropology (with a minor in Geography) after an
almost twenty-year break, I intend to pursue graduate studies in an ethnobotanical field.
I have previously organized and facilitated group meetings
for the Great Peace March, EF!, RAN/RAG, the Cove/Mallard Coalition, and other political and
environmental groups. I also led non-violence trainings for some of these groups,
incorporating woods-skills training into preparations for environmental direct action.
I believe that collective and collaborative work can often be the most creative and
effective approach to a problem.
In 2003 I trained in camera work, editing and production at ‘Ōlelo Community Television,
and was certified there as a producer, receiving the August First Work of the Month award for
a short film called Bunchy Top. In 2005 I began working for the ethnobotany track at
UH, editing video presentations for an online Introduction to Ethnobotany series, and also in
that year produced a documentary on Foraging. Students
in the Botany Department asked me for advice on filming, which led to the development
of a workshop, which I have offered twice at UH and once in Thailand. I look forward to
extending that work in this project.
David Strauch |
P.O. Box 62223 | Honolulu, HI 96839
Revised 20 Nov 2006